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Accident description
Last updated: 10 October 2015
Date:Saturday 26 July 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VIN
Operator:Air Algérie
Registration: 7T-VAK
C/n / msn: 73
First flight: 1961
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Hassi Messaoud Airport (HME) (   Algeria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS/LFML), France
Destination airport:Biskra Airport (BSK/DAUB), Algeria
A fire reportedly broke out in the electrical compartment. The Caravelle crashed in flames while carrying out an emergency approach to Hassi-Messaoud.



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Distance from Marseille-Marignane Airport to Biskra Airport as the crow flies is 955 km (597 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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